NASA recognizes Ball Aerospace with achievement award for Kepler spacecraft

Ball Aerospace has announced it has been recognized by NASA´s Ames Research Center in California´s Silicon Valley, with a Group Achievement Award for the solution that enabled the continued use of the Kepler spacecraft for the K2 science mission, the company said.

After Kepler completed its primary mission, the second of four reaction wheels on Kepler ceased to work properly, preventing Kepler from continuing to point with precision. In May 2013, the Ball Aerospace Flight Planning Center (FPC) prevented a potential mission ending failure with a technique of using the solar pressure hitting Kepler and combining that with some of the thrusters to control the telescope. The FPC proposed, designed, tested and implemented the new approach that enabled the continued collection of scientific data — dubbed the K2 mission and expanded its scientific return dramatically.

Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the US government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 17,500 people worldwide and reported 2017 net sales of USD 11 billion.